Punjab Kesari (Hindi: पंजाब केसरी) is a leading Hindi language newspaper published from many centres in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi in India. It is owned by the Punjab Kesari Group (The Hindsamachar Ltd.). It is one of the four newspapers started by the group; the other three are Hind Samachar in Urdu, Jagbani in Punjabi language and Navodaya Times in Hindi language from Delhi ( NCR ).
The newspaper was established by Lala Jagat Narain in the year 1965 and later on his elder son Romesh Chander took over the reins. However, during the days of terrorism in Punjab, both were assassinated, in 1981 and 1984 respectively. During those days of terrorism, Punjab Kesari worked as the newspaper of masses with its news and editorials. From then onward in a bid to provide direct and regular help to the families of terrorism-affected people, the management also established Shaheed Parivar Fund for the cause.
The newspaper has a daily circulation of approximately 15,71,000 copies which are printed from Jalandhar (since 1965), Delhi (since 1983), Ambala Cantt (since 1991), Palampur (2004), Ludhiana (2004), Jaipur (2006), Panipat (2006), Hisar (2006), Jammu (2007), Mohali (2008), Chandigarh (2009) and Shimla (2009).
In 1948 the group came to existence with the publication of the Urdu language daily Hind Samachar. Later on they established with other daily newspapers Punjab Kesari (1965) in Hindi, Jag Bani (1978) in Punjabi and Navodaya Times (2013) in Hindi. The group publishes from 13 centres- Jalandhar, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Mohali, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Palampur, Shimla, Hissar, Panipat, Ambala, Rohtak & Jammu from the states of Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. The total daily average readership is more than 1.40 crore.